Eagles Offensive Line Already Dealing with Injuries
The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line hasn’t been immune to the injury bug in the first few weeks of the 2021 season.
Jordan Mailata has missed a game and is out for Week 4 against Kansas City with a knee injury suffered in practice before Week 3.
Brandon Brooks has already been placed on the I.R and Isaac Seumalo is out for the season with a Lisfranc injury, suffered in Week 3's loss to Dallas.
With injuries piling up, Philadelphia will be forced to adapt, how they do so we likely won't find out until they take the field on Sunday.
"I think it's been fine," said Eagles Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen when asked how the team is adapting to being down three lineman already. "I mean, Jeff Stoutland] does a great job with those guys. That group is tight knit and they're doing a heck of a job, and it's next man up and we're going to be ready to go."
The team went with former first-round pick Andre Dillard in place of Mailata, and by all accounts he handled himself pretty well on Monday night. Dillard (77.4) along with center Jason Kelce (77.6) were the Eagles highest-graded offensive players vs. Dallas
The biggest question this week and moving forward, at least until Brooks is ready to return, who’s playing left guard? who’s playing right guard?
You can imagine that Landon Dickerson, who has been starting at right guard will be one of the starters. Nate Herbig and Sua Opeta are likely candidates to be the other starter. If that's the case, I can see Dickerson moving to left guard and either Herbig or Opeta playing right guard.
Dickerson is the best prospect of that group and with Seumalo being done for the season, he can cement himself to the left guard position. With Brooks do back, he can replace either Herbig or Opeta. If Dickerson stays at right guard, he would have to move over to the left side when Brooks returns, so why not just have him get comfortable now.
The return of Rodney?
With K'Von Wallace placed on the injured reserve with a separated shoulder, the team needed to get some good news at the safety position this week.
It appears Rodney McLeod is on track to make his 2021 season debut on Sunday against the Chiefs after missing the first three games recovering from ACL surgery.
McLeod was a full participant at practice on Thursday and should be set to play on Sunday. Marcus Epps will back him up, he was also a full participant on Thursday with a shoulder injury.
Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys, Monday Sept 28 2021
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